In the news..

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iPad mini sales are cutting into iPad sales are cutting into iMac sales. And this is a surprise? Hardly.. Of course, it does throw a spanner into the works for other manufacturers in as much as there has been a rush to bring out largish tablets. Apple are proving that smaller is what consumers really want.

It won’t be long before Apple or maybe Samsung brings out a Flip-Smartphone. Imagine a pocket sized phone that flips out to something like an iPad mini.

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Intel are getting out of the ‘home’ market motherboard business. Oh no.. Is this the end of the desktop PC? Well, it would be were it not for a company called AMD. They will have the market to themselves, and will do ok because they will get ALL of the business and against zero competition.

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Belkin are taking over Cisco/Linksys ‘home’ and ISP stuff, well only the hardware as I understand. It fills a gap in Belkin’s networking product line-up, and as long as ISP customers get a ‘free’ wireless modem router out of the deal, who cares?

What surprises me is the amount of routers still on sale in the major stores. With ISP’s handing them out as standard, it would make more sense to sell range extenders as many live in houses where Wi-Fi reception in the basement or top floor is often less than good . I was told by local stores that they don’t stock them generally but if I was to go to their websites, I could buy one. Many don’t even know of the existence of range extenders..

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eMachines will only be missed by those who really do believe that cheap and nasty is as good as ‘adequate’. I always cringe if a client hands me an eMachine, Gateway, or Packard-Hell. I understand that cost is important to the less well off, but for any company to foist an eMachine on a customer who doesn’t know better should always have been regarded as a criminal act.

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I read an article recently about retailers making no effort to entice customers. So, the day before yesterday, I had an opportunity to wander around my local TigerDirect store.

Arrival at the tablet section was not inspiring. The line-up all looked like they could do with a cleaning session and none were powered up. They looked like a sad collection of table place mats, some with not inconsiderable price tags.Now, TigerDirect staff could say that they have been overlooked during a re-organisation of the store displays. but the simple truth is that they have looked like this for MONTHS.

So where is the Store Manager? I have no idea. It is getting harder by the month to find a ‘blue shirt’. Bear in mind that it is not just a computer store. They sell TVs, electric blankets, slow cookers et al. It is a store which has issues..

Staples keep their display of iPads clean and working, as does the Apple Store in Masonville Place. I don’t know what is happening at Future Shop or Best Buy. I do not like either store and will only buy from them if I need something badly, it is cheaper than anywhere else and I happen to be parked a few metres away. All three conditions have to apply..

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